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Use of Laser and Radiofrequency for Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy

  • Marc A. Samson
  • Michael F. Dillingham
  • Gary S. Fanton
  • George ThabitIII
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Conclusions

The application of therapeutic heat, by either holmium laser or radiofrequency, provides a safe, effective arthroscopic alternative to mechanical instrumentation for peripheral joint surgery. Their small probe sizes and fluid medium transmissibility provide significant advantages over electrocautery and other laser systems developed for biomedical applications. Developing radiofrequency technology provides a more cost-effective alternative to laser systems in most applications with similar results. As the surgeon’s ability and skill increase with time using these devices, the laser and radiofrequency devices should allow greater versatility and speed of use in the future.

Keywords

Collagen Molecule Loose Body Holmium Laser Plantar Fasciitis Osteochondritis Dissecans 
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  • Marc A. Samson
  • Michael F. Dillingham
  • Gary S. Fanton
  • George ThabitIII

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